New model is an improvement, with some drawbacks
Written by: EmHa
We bought a 2017 Swift - I used a 2010 Swift a lot during my babysitting time, so here's my review.
- lighter and more compact, nicer fabrics
- very easy to assemble (only need to watch the instructions video once)
- hand brake is very handy
- great maneuverability on the 3 wheels
- full recline seat for baby to sleep in when needs to
- compatible with pre-2017 carrycots
- pram is so easy to tip backwards, especially on full recline. we couldn't hang our nappy bag on the handle, and if we put a bit more force on the handle when we start going, the pram will tip backwards. we only dare to hang the bottle holder only as we do not want to put any extra weight on the handle.
- the pram seat is too low and close to the gear tray that we can't fit the nappy bag in either. we end up having to carry the nappy bag when out, or just take the change mat with us.
- we have used it for 7 months and the brake broke 1 week ago, which requires a full replacement of the brake system.
- the aero tech wheels came with the pram as a promo. they are only slightly smaller to the air-filled ones, but the shock absorption is not great (we mainly walk on asphalt) so we only used those wheels for 2 weeks.
- it doesn't feel as sturdy as the pre-2017 prams
To me, I think the new Swift is an improvement from the 2010 version, but it has not impressed me. It does not have the sturdy aspect from the old version, but not compact enough to be used as a travel pram.
Break broke after jsut 2 years
Written by: CamilaC
I have owned this pram for 2 years and although it is small and light and does all the things, 1. my small two year old son barely fits in it anymore, 2. I have had to replace the tires a few times and it is not cheap, and 3. The breaks are dodgy and have now finally broken beyond repair.
I was hoping to use this pram for a second child as I spent a lot of money on all the attachments. But alas, I have wasted said money on a pram that just isn't tough enough to last even 2 years. Disappointed is an understatement.
Written by: JimD
We bought this about 3 years ago. Wife and I had a lot of debates over the relative merits of 3/4 wheels and in the end 3 wheels won out. No they dont tip over! Our swift has been round the world twice. Had luggage piled upon it and more general detritus piled on it than it could ever have been designed for. We have been through 6 wheels (finally settled on the aero ones) and its serviced two kids. In short its part of the family and I love it almost as much as my children. Its got to the point where we dont know what people put things on when they dont have a buggy. Do normal people carry things?
Get a sheepskin, cut holes in it and you have a ready made bed. In short these buggys rock and I will probably mount it on the wall one day when we are done with it. Currently we are modelling a duet version as well, which is also good albeit a fair bit heavier.
I think I should add that my kids have done everything in their power to try and destroy it. Buggy 1, children nil.
I recommend these to everyone. Good luck!
Faulty break (and future designs improvements)
Written by: hanna_nic
I bought the mountain buggy swift in August 2016. It is a great stroller, very small and compact and easy to manage on both outdoor trails and shopping/street strolling. When traveling, the seat reclining option makes it easy for your child to take a nap and folds up quickly with the touch and twist of one handle. I cannot be happier with the look and the feel.
At around 6 months the break started to falter. As I was strolling through the city the break wouldn't click back into place and the stroller would be half in break mode and making a continuous clicking noise. I tried taking the wheels off to see whether any pebbles had gotten lodged beside the break wires, but even then there seems to be some misalignment with the wire of the break and the break pieces connected to the wire that stop the wheels. I see this as the main issue with the stroller.
The stroller has a water bottle holder, but I would have also liked to have an option for coffee cup.
The storage at the bottom is a bit small, although that is one of the reasons that the stroller is more compact.